Social movement society conference

I’m happy to be at the University of Ottawa, participating in a workshop considering “the social movement society.”

The idea is from a book Sid Tarrow and I edited nearly fifteen years ago.  We argued that social movements were becoming a routine part of politics in rich democratic countries.  We said:

People (and authorities) were more tolerant of protest, particularly less disruptive protest.

A wider range of constituencies would use protest to represent their claims.

The infrastructure supporting social movements had become increasingly professionalized–and dependent upon financial resources.

I expect to get a clearer sense of all that we left out or got wrong.  It’s going to be great.

About David S. Meyer

Author and professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine
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2 Responses to Social movement society conference

  1. Chema says:

    Very interesting. I am currently visiting Dominican republic and engaging with some institutions doing Advocacy. If you can read Spanish I would love to share a paper with you to have your reactions. And I would love to read the papers and conclusions of the workshop. How shall I proceed for that matter? Thanks.

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